[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Appomattox 4-11-1994 as Ch. 38, Art. IV, of the 1994 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
STATE LAW REFERENCES
Municipal regulation of the keeping of combustibles, Code of Virginia, § 15.2-2029; Fireworks, Code of Virginia, § 27-100.1.
The regulations contained in this chapter are hereby adopted to provide for the issuance of permits to fair associations, amusement parks and organizations and groups of individuals for the display of fireworks and to regulate the use and display of fireworks upon the granting of permits.
Written application for a permit to display fireworks shall be made in triplicate to the Town Council, stating the time, place, type of fireworks and circumstances under which they are proposed to be displayed.
Each application for a permit to display fireworks shall name at least one person who shall participate in such display and who has had experience in displaying the type of fireworks proposed to be displayed.
Upon approval of an application for a permit to display fireworks, the Mayor shall write across such application the wording "Approved," and the application shall be dated and signed by him, which date shall constitute the beginning of a thirty-day storage permitted for such fireworks as provided in § 110-7, and all fireworks covered by such permit shall be displayed or discharged within such thirty-day period.
One copy of each application for a permit to display fireworks shall be kept on file by the Town Clerk until after the date the fireworks are displayed, and two copies, after being approved as aforesaid, which will then become a permit to display fireworks, shall be returned to the applicant, who shall keep one copy on file for 60 days after displaying such fireworks, and one copy shall be in the possession of the person in charge of displaying the fireworks at the time and place they are being displayed.
Permits under this chapter shall provide that fireworks shall be displayed under the supervision of a peace officer of the county, who shall be present at the time such fireworks are displayed.
Not more than three persons, in addition to the peace officer, shall participate in displaying fireworks at one time, and all shall be persons over the age of 18 years.
Prior to the use of fireworks pursuant to a permit, they shall be stored in a metal container in a building of masonry, concrete or other firm construction, so that members of the public cannot have access to them, and such fireworks shall not be stored in the Town for a period in excess of 30 consecutive days.
No spectator or member of the public other than those who are participating in displaying or discharging the fireworks shall be closer than 50 feet to the place where such fireworks are being displayed or discharged.